LOST with stretch thread
This is my first time in Threads and I enjoy sewing clothing. I’m into boutique little girl clothing. I just have one question that I have been trying to figure out how to use in my singer sewing machine.
How do I use stretch thread into the machine?
Wind it by hand on to the bobbin. You may have to release the tension on the bobbin a little, but I would try it first without messing with it. Leave long tails like you do with gathering. Use regular thread in the needle. Use a medium length straight stitch and sew across the fabric. If you want multiple rows you will probably want to stretch out the fabric flat on the second and following rows so you can follow along the previous row. You should be able to adjust the amount of gathers by sliding the fabric along the elastic thread if necessary. If that is too difficult, you may need to release the tension on the needle thread a little. It really is quite easy to do. And, as usual with a new technique -Test, test, test.
You can zig zag over the stretchy thread, then draw it up and do a bartack within the seam lines at the sides where it won't show. Or you can hand wind it onto your bobbin and then bypass the bobbin tension slit. I bought a seperate bobbin holder so I can adjust it, I'd never adjust the factory preset tensions on my regular bobbin because they might not go back to "normal".
What a wonderful enterprise to create beautiful boutique little girls clothing! I loved making that type of thing when my daughter was little. Enjoy your adventure! You might check out http://www.marthapullen.com (Martha Pullen from Martha's Sewing Room on PBs and Sew Beautiful Magazine) for patterns, ideas, and techniques too.
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